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A Link Between Back Pain and Urinary Incontinence

While under chiropractic treatment, it’s not uncommon for a patient to report improvement for an issue that seems unrelated to their chief complaint. For example, a patient with a temporomandibular disorder may experience an improvement in their jaw symptoms following treatment to the neck or upper back. Or treatment to improve hip function may also benefit the ankle or knee. In this article, we’re going to look at how treatment for low back pain may help a patient who also has urinary incontinence (UI) issues.
There are many potential causes for UI, but one contributing factor is weak pelvic floor…
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Neck Pain Among Office Workers

Neck pain is the second most common reason patients seek chiropractic care, and it’s particularly a problem with office workers. One study estimated that neck pain affects 42-69% of those who work in office environments. Many such individuals will experience recurring episodes of neck pain, and at least one in six may develop chronic, ongoing neck pain. While chiropractic offers a safe and effective way to manage neck pain, are there any steps an office worker can take to reduce the risk for neck pain in the first place?
According to one study, taking a daily walk may be an…
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Repetitive Movement and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Of all the potential contributing factors for carpal tunnel syndrome—diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, inflammatory arthritis, pregnancy, birth control usage, and obesity—perhaps the most well-known is participating in jobs and activities that require fast, repetitive hand movements that can place increased pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the wrist. What can someone do if they begin experiencing tingling and numbness or pain and weakness associated with carpal tunnel syndrome without giving up their livelihood or their hobby?
First, understand that when the wrist is bent, the pressure on the contents of the carpal tunnel can increase substantially, especially when…
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Footwear Changes for the Knee Osteoarthritis Patient

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the leading cause of knee pain and disability in the elderly population. While treatment to address knee OA will often focus on the knee itself, a patient may also need to change their footwear. Why is that?
During normal walking, joint loading is NOT evenly distributed, and the distribution most often greatest on the medial (inner) side of the knee. This greater load can cause  wear and tear over time and lead to thinning of the smooth, slippery cartilage surfaces on the medial side of the joint, which eventually leads to bone-on-bone contact, the end-stage of OA.…
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Reducing the Risk for Chronic Whiplash-Related Pain

A study published in 2019 found that nearly half of whiplash associated disorders (WAD) sufferers are still symptomatic one year after their injury. Why is that, and what can one do to reduce their risk for chronic WAD symptoms?
The most common source of pain from WAD injuries arises from joint capsules and ligaments, which are tough, tight bands of tissue that hold joints together and help stabilize the cervical spine. When these soft tissues are damaged, the body will take measures to restrict movement so that the injury doesn’t become more severe. This is one reason why cervical range…
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Chiropractic Management of Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a condition that affects about 3% of teenagers, though the cause is typically unknown. In most instances, the degree of spinal curvature is mild (10-15º curve), but in some cases, the curve may continue to increase as the child grows.
Visible signs of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis include the following: uneven shoulders, one shoulder blade “sticking out” (more prominent) than the other; an uneven waist or a hip higher than the other; and/or a prominent rib cage, usually on the convex side of the curve.
When the curve is small, there are often few if any symptoms. However, if…
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Electronic Tablet-Related Neck Pain

When individuals use their smartphone, they often adopt an awkward posture in which their head rests forward of their shoulders. This forward head posture, or “text neck,” places added strain on the muscles in the back of the neck, shoulders, and upper back, which can lead to musculoskeletal pain. Researchers are now looking into how electronic tablet use affects posture and can elevate the risk for pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back.
In a 2018 study, University of Nevada, Las Vegas researchers reviewed survey data from 412 university students, staff, faculty, and alumni regarding their electronic tablet use…
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Traction for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common peripheral neuropathy that affects roughly 4-5% of the general population and about 10% of working adults. The chiropractic treatment approach for the CTS patient typically involves many of the same therapies as those used for conditions like neck and back pain, such as joint manipulation, mobilization, specific exercises, and nutritional recommendations to reduce inflammation. In some cases, patients with neck and back pain can benefit from traction. Could the CTS patient also benefit from traction applied to the wrist?
Back in 2004, the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association reported on a…
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Groin Pain Syndrome

Groin pain syndrome is a term used to describe groin pain without clinical evidence of hernia or hip pathology. Though the condition is thought to affect between 2% and 20% of athletes, there is not a lot of conclusive research on its cause or the best way to treat it. Most of the published research on those with groin pain without hernia or hip joint pathology are case studies (primarily of professional male athletes), making it difficult to establish agreed upon treatment guidelines, as these types of studies are considered to be of low quality and do not apply to…
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Car Accident Risk-Reducing Technologies

Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) is a collection of symptoms commonly associated with motor vehicle collisions. Because WAD can have such a negative effect on one’s quality of life, it makes sense to take steps to reduce the risk for a car accident. Let’s look at some of the modern technologies that our automobiles may include to lower the chances that a crash occurs:
 

Hands-Free / Voice Controls: Cell-phone distractions are the underlying cause of many vehicle collisions, especially texting while driving. In fact, studies suggest that texting while driving may be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. If you…
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